I was told recently that my Math Comment SPAM WP Plugin was actin’ all buggy so I took a second to look at it the other day. Turns out that it WAS in fact actin’ all buggy, and when I went to go look for help I saw that it hadn’t been updated since 2007 or something. Bleh.

But I said to myself that no one really reads this site anyway, so I probably didn’t need to worry about replacing it. Well turns out that even if you don’t have any readers, you can always count on SPAMbots to give you some love. After a day of being eaten live by gruesome comments, I decided to do something about it and I found the SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam plugin I’m using now.

I’m really liking it so far because unlike other plugins:

  • It works
  • It’s customizable
  • It seems to be updated regularly

So FYI, if you’re looking for something – Might want to give SI CAPTCHA a look.

Jason says : "Back to Action!"

He was always my favourite Power Ranger.

Yes, I am finally back to blogging! And I think my blog is back too! It took a minute there to get it back in working condition and truthfully I’m not sure if it’s even there YET, but I think it’s pretty close. (#):)

So a lot has happened since we last spoke but I have a pretty good feeling that this time I’m going to be back for a good little while. First, an explanation as to why I’ve been gone for so long… Basically a LOT has been going on – Thankfully I don’t think any of it is bad stuff, but it has definitely been stuff that would keep me from blogging on a consistent basis. Because of that, I thought it would be better if I just took a little vacation while I got most of my affairs in order. Here’s the short list:

  • I no longer am working for the man! Of course this could change any day, but for now I have my freedom.
  • I have been working A LOT on my huge secret project and actually just “finished” the first incarnation of The Dude Registry!
  • I replaced all the speakers in my car (but since they’re greatly underpowered the work is just beginning).
  • I had a SAW marathon leading up to the SAW VI and had a blast doing it.
  • Am really in full swing with my web design company and have created a lot of good work.
  • Had the first real Halloween with the kids.
  • I got my first 1000pt 360 game under my belt courtesy of Batman: Arkham Asylum and followed it up with The Prince of Persia.
  • And finally, I fell in love with Twitter all over again.

You know, I’ve really missed blogging and it has really become apparent lately that I have time to write again. I’ve played with the new Droid phone, did some research on car amps over at Crutchfield, and played some cool games in between… But trying to sum up all these experiences in 160 characters over on Twitter is just no bueno. I can do better than that! And I’m not really sure who is reading this blog anymore, but I’m gonna try and go out with a bang in 2009 and get the readers back up! Who’s with me!?

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Has it really been 3 months since I’ve written anything on here!? Wow.

But you know, I think there have been “good” reasons for that. I’ve been actively working with clients with my web design company, got a great site up recently that I’m pretty proud of and I’m putting the “finishing touches” on my super secret big project soon to be unveiled!

And what is perhaps the biggest news yet, I am not working a 9-5 anymore! That’s not to say that I’m making enough money to support me and the family yet, but hopefully I can make it work so I don’t have to go back to that horrible world anymore! Now hopefully all of this means that you will be seeing some more posts from me, but who knows if that’s really going to be happening because the thing of it is, (while I’m not making any money), the kids have been taken out of daycare which means I’m seeing a lot of them, and my FREE TIME is not seeing a lot of me.

So I guess stay tuned true believers and make sure to follow me on Twitter!

My PageRank is Back!

Unbelievably, only days after submitting a reinclusion request to Google, I rechecked my PageRank and am showing a healthy PR of 3! Honestly, I don’t know if this is going to mean much for my site and blog monetization going forward, but it was on my list of things to take care of “now that I’m back”, and I’m very happy it’s all done.

If you’re in the same place I was in, feel free to check out this post from Matt Cutts: and it wouldn’t hurt to also look at this one from the always supportive Andy Beard! Oh, and in the event that you DON’T want to read those posts, here’s the summary on how to remedy this problem:

  • Remove yourself from paid links on your site.
  • Take down your paid links or nofollow them.
  • Think about removing those paid link pages entirely.
  • Think about removing the code on your site linking to paid link companies.
  • Go to the Dashboard in Google Sitemaps and click the link on the right that reads, “Request Reinclusion”.
  • Tell Google you’re sorry, what you did, what you did to fix it, and why it will never happen again.
  • Give me a high five.

Here, There and Everywhere!

Lately, I’ve really felt like that. I’ve had so many things going on but surprisingly, I’ve actually been doing a good job with taking care of them. Well… Except for blogging. But then again, what else is new. (#):)

Venture Numero Uno
So I know you’re wondering what I’ve been up to and I wish I could say. But the funny thing is… When you’re trying to make it in different ventures and trying to convince others to give you large sums of money… Well, you have to watch what you say and where you say it so that you don’t damage the brand you’re trying to create. Make sense? I guess I learned this sentiment when I was actively practicing Real Estate and maybe I can present it another way just to drive the point home… While I know what I’m doing (I get paid very well at my 9-5 to do it), have been doing it for years, (about 15 years), and speak very well… Many potential suitors will forget those things when they see that I’m relatively young, don’t have an office, and haven’t been “in business” for that long. You know what I mean? It’s always the chicken and the egg thing… You can’t get business unless you’ve already done business.

But don’t think that I’m complaining about my situation. These last two weeks have been really hard but I’m out there doing the justice, creating some great work, and at the very least putting together a solid foundation for tomorrow and future clients. And at the risk of counting my eggs before they’re hatched, I think I’m probably going to get at least one sale out of everything. So BANGARANG.

Venture Numero Dos
So I have another venture I’m working on too that I’m keeping the wraps on. That’s one that I’m REALLY excited about and have started some preliminary work on as well. I won’t say much at this point just that it deals with affiliate marketing, is a great idea (if I say so myself), and I owe the idea to my favourite radio show. I know this post isn’t really entertaining since I’m heavily censoring myself, but at least with this one you’ll hear more sooner rather than later. Maybe in time this blog will turn out to be like Bob Parson’s of GoDaddy where I can finally take ownership of all this stuff and not have to be so clandestine about everything.

Something I CAN Talk About
One of the things that I started working on again was Learn Stuff Online! It’s my project that will never die!!! Honestly, it could’ve very well gone away but then I was looking at my earnings for Bush Mackel off of AdSense and I’m nearing like $10 a month on passive income! I know that’s not much for a LOT of people out there, but for me that’s really cool. ESPECIALLY since I don’t do much on this site to target specific targets or keywords. So after I saw that, I thought that I should really work on Home Theater How To @ LSO and maybe it would start paying off by the end of the year. Now not surprisingly, I’ve been slacking on THAT like I have on this blog but maybe now that things are returning to normal as far as my busyness is concerned I can really get on there and get my posting frequency back up!

My Super Slow Computer
My desktop at home is slower than molasses. The fact that I blew out the BIOS a while back while overclocking my rig doesn’t help the problem either. In a nutshell, my one SATA drive that has all my stuff needs to be re-formatted. Even with ad-aware, anti-virus and defrags, sometimes you just need to do it. Well, it seems like I couldn’t reformat it so instead I took it out and tried to start fresh with a good ol’ ATA drive. That worked like a charm and now I can actually run “msconfig” and install SP3 (which I couldn’t do before). Now I’m in the process of getting everything I need from the old drive to the new one. And then maybe I can work on the SATA drive again but currently I can’t select boot order so if I have both drives in, the SATA drive also gets priority blah blah blah

And Now the Miscellaneous
Well I took sometime this afternoon (or yesterday afternoon by the time you read this) to make some small changes to this site. I tell ya, small changes can do wonders as I really couldn’t STAND looking at this site for more than a minute. Still has a ways to go, but at least I can stomach it. What do you think? Can anyone notice the differences?

And last LAST night the wife helped me reverse the way my desk is built and in my house, it really lends itself well to its space now… Boring I know, but it’s one of those changes that you can just “breathe out” about. Everything feels just so much better now… Like I can breathe. Plus, I threw out a lot of stuff that was clogging up my desk so working on it now just feels great.

And aside from all that, I’m also doing decently well with Physical Therapy and Allergy Shots. Yeah, you didn’t even know I was doing that stuff right? Well normally I don’t have an opportunity to do it with my 45 minute commute to work and all, but it got to a place with my feet/knees and allergies that I had to make a change and start focusing on ME again. Admittedly, I don’t know how long I’m going to be able to keep it up with my 9 to 5 but here’s hoping it’s a while longer.

Finally, I don’t remember the last time I turned on my 360 was. My bulb just went in my projector, and I pretty much refuse to play games anywhere but my basement. AND I just re-did my home theater cabinet too!! ARGH! You know what the last straw was? My wife brought her family over and put on Twilight. That movie has clearly ruined my life. Ok, well I’ve written enough here to cover 5 posts from me so hope you enjoyed it and thanks for all the follows on Twitter! Any bets as to whether its up or not right now?

Pushin, Getting Ready for the Fight

You know, I really have to change the way this blog looks. Of course I don’t have the time to do it, but it so needs to be done. But that’s a side note…

So OBVIOUSLY I haven’t been around much lately and that’s because outside of me always “going away” for the holidays, I’ve been working really hard in my main side venture to get new business and set it up for an idiom of success in the new year.

In 2008 I’ve been rather unsuccessful but hopefully…

Pushin – Every Day and Night
That will change going forward as I have some big marketing/advertising plans in store for my company. And lemme tell you, for someone with my modest means, I’m certainly taking risk going for it, especially in this terrible US economy where no one seems to want to spend money. Don’t you wish you sometimes had a time machine so you could make sure everything turned out ok before you took the big plunge? Though, I guess if I didn’t like the trill of this stuff I’d be fine doing the ol’ day-in-day-out boring stuff instead of trying to plow a new life for myself.

Anyone else have any big plans for 2009?

Happy New Year 2009!

What does it say when it takes you three times to log into the admin section of your blog? My guess is that you need to be posting more. (#):)

Well hopefully with 2009, I’ll have the chance to do that though I’m not sure if it will ultimately be possible. Don’t get me wrong, I want to. I REALLY want to…

But with the wife going back to finish her last year of Physician’s School this monday, and the kids getting older, PLUS me still working an hour+ from home and putting a lot of attention into my other endeavor..

Obviously it gets hard to find the time. (#):)

But I’m hopeful I can turn things around. Besides, if Pete was able to come back from the closing shop mentality, I should be able to sojourn through this busy patch right?

Well anyway, I hope that everyone is having a great New Years and thanks to all the wonderful people who wished me Merry Christmas, can’t wait to catch up with everyone in 2009!

Where I've Been (Long Recap)

Thanks to everyone who said hello during my Hot Fire Quick Update and those who sent their congrats on the birth of the new kid.

So now that the dust has settled somewhat, I just wanted to give a bigger update on where I’ve been lately, what I’ve been doing and where my head’s been at.

Obviously, the biggest thing that has happened as the birth of our new kid Dart. And with the one we have already, things have been quite hectic at home. But I think we’re starting to transition out of that period where we’re just dealing and finally starting to live again. And compounding all of that is the other big thing which was finally moving into our new house.

La Nueva Casa
Now I’ve never had a house before. I’ve never moved INTO a new house before. It’s like from the day that we packed up till oh…. Right about now, our life has just been a whirlwind. We packed up on basically one day, and we moved in the next. And after we got into the new house, it seems it has been nothing but buying and building Ikea furniture after I get home everyday from my 7am-7pm job. *ugh*

The Daily Grind
I’m sure some of you have that commute and can thus attest to how sucky it is. Basically that commute gives you just enough time to go to sleep before you have to get up the next day and do it all over again. In regards to the family : It sucks beyond belief. When I get home in the evening, all I want to do is just relax for an hour since I’ve been driving on the road for 3 hours (1 1/2 there, 1 1/2 back). But if I relax for an hour, it’s time for the kids and wife to go to sleep which equates to no family time. But you know what?… At least I have a job. And hopefully this’ll just make me work harder to get out of it so I can spend time with the fam.

New Projects
Now with things starting to settle down (in the sense that I’m finally getting back into a daily routine), I’m hoping that I’ll be back to blogging more frequently. I’ve really missed blogging, and coming back will be a lot of fun. Now I don’t know that I’m going to be able to do 5 times a week, but at least for the foreseeable future, if I can do MWF, I’ll be very very happy. I also want to focus on my AdSense/Affiliate sites and start to really pour some effort into them.

And on top of that – I MAY have mentioned it on here, but the newest hotness at home is my new home theater setup! We’re talking about me building a media enclosure out of my wall, dry walling, new receivers, a projector… It’s kinda SERIOUS! Obviously, you’ll be hearing about that in the upcoming days as well.

Thanks for Keeping Up!
Finally, I just wanted to thank everyone again for keeping me in your RSS feeds and waiting for me to once again get my act together. Can’t wait to talk to y’all some more on your sites and on this one!

Hello WordPress 2.5.1!

Well this is certainly becoming quite a productive day.

So far I’ve managed to get some laundry done, hang out with the family, AND upgrade WordPress.

I will say though –

The admin environment for 2.5 is certainly going to take some getting used to but I’m sure the updates to the codebase will win me over soon enough.

You kids out there like 2.5?

Going to 2.5?

Well it looks like WordPress is acting a bit wonky on me and that often means it’s time to update.

So hopefully over the course of today I’ll have a minute to give my blog a little TLC. Oh, and one of the wonky things seems to be that I can’t reply to comments at the moment. Anyone else having problems like that?